Prosecution Externship and Instruction (30193). 2 or 3 units, credit/fail. Students in this clinical externship will assist state or federal prosecutors with their responsibilities, both before and at trial. Federal placements are available in New Haven and surrounding cities or in Bridgeport; the federal caseload is varied, including misdemeanors, felonies, or specialized areas such as career criminal, drug trafficking, or appellate work. The State’s Attorney for New Haven, which also has a varied but faster-paced docket, can take one or two student placements. All students are required to attend weekly class sessions, which will range from discussions of assigned readings to field trips to prisons, police laboratories, etc. Students will be required to keep journals and time records. Placements at the U.S. Attorney's Office must be arranged at least four months in advance, to allow time for security clearance procedures. Students also apply for the State's Attorney during the previous term, though interviews may take place after the student has been accepted into the Externship program. Although enrollment is limited and permission of the instructor is required, timing and the involvement of outside agencies remove this clinic from the usual sign-up process for limited enrollment courses. Selection for this course takes place before limited-enrollment course bidding. K. Stith, L. Brennan, S.V. Nagala, and A. Perry.
Course Bidding Information: Select this course as your lowest weight among experiential course selections. Open only to students who have been pre-selected to participate. Do not select this course during pre-registration if you are not one of those students.
Note:As part of the application process, students submit statements of interest; interview with the AUSAs who run the classroom portion of the course; interview with the New Haven District Attorney's Office for those interested in the state prosecutor's office.
Note: Students may not be enrolled in an LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project; Legal Assistance; Prosecution Externship.
Note: The first class meeting will be on January 18, 3:30-5:20 p.m., in room 124 at the Law School. Thereafter, the class will meet at the U.S. Attorney's Office.